Pink Multiflora Rose
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Pink Multiflora Rose
ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Pink Multiflora Rose, Pink Baby Rose, Buschel Rose, Wreath Rose • Hindi: कुंज Kunj • Manipuri: ꯅꯥꯇꯣꯟꯆꯥꯕꯤ Natonchabi
Botanical name: Rosa multiflora var. carnea    Family: Rosaceae (Rose family)

Pink Multiflora Rose is a thorny, climbing shrub with a more spreading then erect growth form. It is commonly seen growing wild in drains in NE India. Leaves are borne alternately on the stems and divided into 5-11 leaflets. Each leaflet is broadly oval and toothed along its margin. The fringed stipules at the base of the leaf stalk are the best characteristic to use to distinguish this rose from other species. Clusters of numerous, pink, double flowers, 1.9-3.8 cm across, blossom in late spring. The original Rosa multiflora has white, single (one row of petals) flowers. There is a single-flower pink variety Rosa multiflora var. cathayensis. The fruits are small, firm, red hips that may remain on the plant well into winter. Older rose shrubs may obtain a height of 15 feet or more with a root crown diameter of 8 inches.

Identification credit: Navendu Pāgé, Thingnam Girija, Thingnam Rajshree Photographed in Leimaram, Manipur.

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